Posted by Shawn Dawson on March 24, 2005 at 15:51:57 from 18.104.22.168 user shawn.
Back when I was a boy, say 7th and 8th grade, my friend and I would often hike into the woods and camp and fish for several days. Since this was before we could drive, we'd sometimes get one of our moms to drive us to the edge of the wood and drop us off. She'd come back three or four days later and pick us up.
We had every intention of 'living off the land', which in our case meant catching and eating fish, since we didn't know much about vegetation that was safe to eat. However, we always packed emergency supplies, and always ate them of course. At the top of that list was peanut butter, which is the staple diet of American adventurers of a certain age. Peanut butter didn't need to be refrigerated, was high in calories and oil and energy, would 'stick to your ribs', and could be put on all sorts of things (primarily crackers and apples on our trips).
So after finishing my third Ransome book, I've yet to see any mention of peanut butter -- pemmican and eggs and tea galore, but no peanut butter.
So I'm wondering, is this more an American thing? I know that by the 1930's in America, peanut butter sandwiches were a staple diet of schoolkids all across the states, and probably would have been packed along on any kids exploring trip.
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